CAMERON: SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) presents


from October 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, the exhibition will be the largest survey of CAMERON’s work since 1989 and will include approximately 91 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator at MOCA is the coordinating curator.


The exhibition will include pieces formerly thought to be lost, ranging from early paintings, to drawings, sketchbooks, and poetry from her late years, as well as ephemera and correspondence with individuals such as her husband, JACK PARSONS (1914-1952).




'Dark Angel' by CAMERON


CAMERON (Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel, 1922-1995) emerged in the mid-1940s as an artist, performer, poet, and occult practitioner in Los Angeles. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, MARJORIE CAMERON (who would reject her first name as an adult) arrived in Hollywood after serving in the navy during World War II. Settling first in Pasadena and working as a fashion illustrator, in 1946 she met her first husband, JACK PARSONS, a rocket scientist and cofounder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who followed the esoteric mysticism of ALEISTER CROWLEY. The two soon married, their mystical bond transforming CAMERON’s life and art.



'East Angel' by CAMERON




A visionary painter and unparalleled draftsman whose work evokes Latin American and European surrealism, CAMERON rendered mythological figures with a singular attention to line and the idea of spiritual metamorphosis. Her philosophical explorations soon brought her into contact with Los Angeles’s beatnik and avant-garde film circles, and the unorthodoxy and breadth of her interests made her a unique link between the city’s flourishing spiritual and art worlds.


Over the following decades she dedicated herself to her art and mysticism while mentoring younger artists and poets such as Aya (Tarlow), Wallace Berman, George Herms, and David Meltzer. The first survey of CAMERON’s work since her passing in 1995, this exhibition reveals the seminal role she played within the development of Los Angeles’s midcentury counterculture.



October 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015
Pacific Design Center


Holy Guardian Angel according to Aleister Crowley (1966) by CAMERON

The Cameron-Parsons Foundation, Inc.




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